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1 line of Sight FATCA Frequently asked questions FOR INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS table of contents November 2, 2012 PART I PROPOSED REGULATIONS and IRS Announcement OVERVIEW 1. What is the objective of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act? Have the FATCA rules been finalized? When will FATCA come into effect? What entities are treated as FFIs under FATCA? How will FATCA withholding apply to FFIs? What are withholdable payments and foreign passthru payments? How is FATCA withholding different from the Section 1441 or Nonresident Alien withholding that is currently deducted from U.S. dividends and certain interest paid to non-u.s. recipients?... 9 northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 1 of 47

2 NORTHERN TRUST S ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 8. What is Northern Trust doing to prepare for FATCA? Can you confirm Northern Trust will be fully FATCA compliant? What are Northern Trust s responsibilities as a global custodian? PREVENTING FATCA WITHHOLDING 11. What does an FFI need to do to be treated as FATCA-compliant and prevent FATCA withholding? What documentation will Northern Trust s clients need to provide to demonstrate that they are FATCA-compliant? What are the categories of deemed-compliant FFIs? What is a specified U.S. person? What are the categories of excepted FFIs? What are the categories of exempt beneficial owners?...13 APPLICATION TO CATEGORIES OF INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS 17. How does FATCA apply to retirement plans? How does FATCA apply to foreign governments and international organizations? How does FATCA apply to foreign corporations, partnerships or trusts that are not foreign financial institutions? Does FATCA apply to foreign charitable organizations? Will FATCA apply to insurance companies? How will FATCA apply to U.S. branches of FFIs?...16 A PARTICIPATING FFI S RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER ITS FFI AGREEMENT 23. What are a PFFI s general requirements under its FFI agreement? How will a participating FFI be required to identify and classify its investors? How does FATCA withholding apply to payments to an FFI? How will FATCA withholding apply to payments a PFFI makes to its underlying account holders?...19 northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 2 of 47

3 27. What information will a participating FFI be required to report with respect to its account holders? How will an FFI certify to the IRS it is complying with its FFI agreement? APPLICATION OF FATCA TO U.S. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 29. How will FATCA apply to U.S. financial institutions including U.S. domiciled investment funds? What are the primary differences between the obligations of a USWA and an FFI?...21 PREPARING FOR FATCA 31. What should Northern Trust clients be doing to prepare for FATCA implementation? Does an FFI with no U.S. investments need to do anything to comply with FATCA? What if privacy laws prevent an FFI from reporting on account holders? PART II INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENTS UPDATE ON INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENTS What are the major differences between the obligations imposed on FFIs under the Model I IGA and the proposed regulations? Do the provisions of the IGAs replace the rules set forth in the proposed or final regulations? What are the differences between the reciprocal and non-reciprocal versions of the Model I IGA? How does a particular IGA affect financial institutions outside that IGA country? Under what circumstances will an individual be considered a U.S. resident for purposes of the Model I IGA? How will an FFI determine whether it is covered by a particular IGA? Will an FFI in an IGA country be required to register with the local country authority or with the IRS? northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 3 of 47

4 41. What documentation will an FFI in an IGA country be required to provide to a withholding agent to prove it is FATCA compliant? What form will the self-certifications permitted under the IGAs take? What are the withholding obligations of FFIs in IGA countries? What needs to happen before the IGA takes effect? What happens if the IGA has not taken effect by 1 January 2014 when withholding is expected to apply? Which countries are expected to enter into IGAs? What should an FFI in a FATCA partner country be doing now to prepare for FATCA? What happens if an FFI in an IGA country does not comply? To which tax authority is an IGA FFI responsible the IRS or the local tax authority? Can FFIs use agents to perform their obligations under the IGA? How many versions of an IGA will there be? Will the changes in the Model I IGA (e.g., to the definitions and timelines) be reflected in the final regulations?...31 APPENDICES Appendix A: Summary of key regulatory dates Appendix B: Payee classification and document requirements Appendix C: Definitions of deemed-compliant FFIs Appendix D: U.S. indicia for entity account holders...41 Appendix E: Summary of key regulatory differences Appendix F: FACTA glossary northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 4 of 47

5 OVERVIEW 1. What is the objective of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act? The objective of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is to reduce tax evasion by U.S. individuals with respect to income from financial assets held outside the United States, by inducing foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to report U.S. owners to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). FATCA imposes a 30% U.S. withholding tax on certain payments to FFIs (including banks, brokers, custodians and investment funds) that fail to comply with FATCA. 2. Have the FATCA rules been finalized? The FATCA rules have not been finalized. FATCA is a component of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (the HIRE Act), which was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Obama on 18 March 2010, and added Chapter 4 of Subtitle A to the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Such laws are implemented through detailed regulations and other guidance issued by the U.S. Treasury Department (Treasury) and the IRS. Following a series of Notices issued in 2010 and 2011, detailed proposed regulations were released on 8 February 2012 (the proposed regulations). These proposed rules are subject to a public comment period and are expected to be finalized later in On 24 October 2012, the IRS issued a statement, IRS Announcement (the IRS Announcement) announcing its intention to modify FATCA implementation timelines. Preliminary drafts of certain Forms W-8 have been published, and a draft model FFI agreement is expected to be released later in On 26 July 2012, Treasury released a Model Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to Improve Tax Compliance and Implement FATCA (Model I), developed in consultation with France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom (the G5). The Model I Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) establishes a framework for FFIs to report directly to their own tax authorities, followed by an automatic exchange of such information under existing tax treaties or Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs). A joint communiqué released the same day by the G5 and the United States (the Joint Communiqué) indicated hope for a speedy conclusion of bilateral agreements based on this Model, including by other jurisdictions. Indeed, on 14 September 2012, the United States and the United Kingdom signed the first bilateral agreement based on the Model I IGA (the U.K. agreement). A Model II IGA, discussed in the section entitled Update on Intergovernmental Agreements below, has not yet been released, but is anticipated to be published soon and adopted by Japan and Switzerland. The obligations imposed on FFIs under the IGAs vary in important respects from those described in the proposed regulations. As such, the IGAs are discussed in detail in a separate section below. Unless otherwise noted, the responses to the questions in this document are based on the proposed regulations and the IRS Announcement. 3. When will FATCA come into effect? Under the proposed regulations, the IRS introduced a phased implementation schedule addressing four key areas, as discussed below. In the IRS Announcement, the IRS formally announced its intention to modify certain of the implementation timelines in response to industry comments. However, it is important to note that certain aspects of this schedule northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 5 of 47

6 may continue to shift as a result of the final regulations and IGAs. Moreover, withholding for noncompliant FFIs will not begin before 1 January Account documentation and due diligence FATCA will require changes to account opening and account holder on-boarding procedures for new accounts. The current guidance requires U.S. financial institutions to treat any account opened on or after 1 January 2014 as a new account. FFIs that enter into an FFI agreement with the IRS (called participating FFIs, or PFFIs) are required to treat any account opened after 1 January 2014 (or the effective date of the FFI agreement, if later) as a new account. Accounts opened prior to these dates are treated as pre-existing accounts. The U.K. agreement also would require U.K. FFIs to treat accounts opened on or after 1 January 2014 as new accounts. Documentation and due diligence requirements are more stringent for new accounts than for pre-existing accounts. (See question 24 for further explanation of documentation and due diligence rules.) Due diligence procedures for the review of a PFFI s pre-existing accounts are required to be completed in stages, with high value accounts and accounts held by entities that are obviously FFIs requiring a detailed review within one year, and other pre-existing accounts requiring review within two years. A U.S. withholding agent (USWA) must obtain FATCA documentation for all pre-existing obvious FFI accounts by 1 July 2014 and all other pre-existing entity accounts by 31 December Withholding The tax withholding provisions of FATCA first come into effect on 1 January 2014 when certain U.S.-source income payments become subject to FATCA withholding; under the IRS Announcement, FATCA withholding on gross proceeds from the sale of a U.S. security has been delayed until 1 January Withholding by FFIs on foreign passthru payments (defined in question 6) has been delayed and will not be required prior to 1 January FFI agreements The IRS has stated that it will begin accepting applications for FFI agreements beginning 1 January 2013, although it is not clear whether this date will stand in light of the IRS Announcement. The IRS Announcement indicates that the effective date of an FFI agreement entered into on or before 1 January 2014 will be 1 January Agreements entered into after 1 January 2014 will be effective on the date of the agreement. To prevent the imposition of FATCA withholding on income payments received on or after 1 January 2014, an FFI will likely be required to enter into an FFI agreement and register before that date. However, registration timelines have not yet been finalized. Reporting PFFIs will first be required to file FATCA reporting in March 2015 (for 2013 activity), and the reporting will be less detailed for 2013 and 2014 activity. More detailed requirements will be phased in for 2015 and later years. Additional key regulatory dates can be found in Appendix A. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 6 of 47

7 4. What entities are treated as FFIs under FATCA? An FFI is a financial institution organized outside the United States. In general, under the proposed regulations, a financial institution is: An entity that accepts deposits in the ordinary course of a banking or similar business; An entity that holds financial assets for the account of others as a substantial portion of its business (e.g., broker-dealers, custody banks); An entity engaged (or holding itself out as being engaged) primarily in investing, reinvesting or trading in securities, partnership interests, commodities, notional principal contracts, insurance or annuity contracts, or any interest (including futures, forward contracts or options) in any of these types of assets (e.g., foreign investment funds, certain foreign retirement plans and certain charities); or An insurance company that issues, or is obligated to make payments with respect to, any cash value insurance contract, annuity contract or other financial account or the holding company of such an insurance company. The definition of financial institution does not include an insurance company that issues only contracts without cash value. For a discussion of how the Model I IGA has modified the definition of financial institution, please see question How will FATCA withholding apply to FFIs? FFIs will be subject to 30% FATCA withholding on all withholdable payments (as defined in question 6) and foreign passthru payments (as defined in question 6) they receive unless they: 1. Become a PFFI by entering into an FFI agreement with the IRS; 2. Are compliant under an IGA; or 3. Establish their qualification for one of the categories of FFIs treated as deemed compliant or exempt from FATCA, as discussed further in questions 13 and 15. Maintaining PFFI status will require extensive due diligence reviews of account holders and compliance with FATCA withholding and reporting requirements. PFFIs will also be required to apply FATCA withholding to account holders that fail to provide adequate documentation of their own FATCA compliance. 6. What are withholdable payments and foreign passthru payments? A withholdable payment includes: U.S.-source fixed or determinable annual or periodical income (FDAP) (e.g., interest paid on a U.S. bank account, interest received on a U.S. bond or dividends from a U.S. security); and Gross proceeds from the sale or disposition of any property that can produce U.S.-source interest or dividends. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 7 of 47

8 The proposed regulations exclude certain types of U.S.-source FDAP from the definition of withholdable payment, including: Interest or original issue discount on short-term obligations; Income that is effectively connected to a U.S. trade or business; and Payments made in the ordinary course of business for the acquisition of goods, the use of property and for nonfinancial services. 1 FATCA requires PFFIs to withhold on passthru payments to noncompliant account holders. The legislation defines a passthru payment as any withholdable payment or other payment to the extent attributable to a withholdable payment. The proposed regulations further define a passthru payment as any withholdable payment and any foreign passthru payment. FFIs will not be required to withhold on foreign passthru payments earlier than 1 January Foreign passthru payments are not defined in the proposed regulations, and the requirements for withholding on such payments are reserved. In addition, the IRS Announcement stated that certain obligations will be treated as grandfathered obligations and not subject to FATCA withholding. These obligations are those that: Produce or could produce a foreign passthru payment; Cannot produce a withholdable payment; and Are outstanding six months after final regulations defining foreign passthru payments are issued. Based on prior guidance, the foreign passthru payment withholding rules are intended to pick up income that would not ordinarily be treated as U.S.-source FDAP or gross proceeds, but may be generated by investments in U.S. assets. For example, when an investment fund organized as a Cayman Islands corporation pays a dividend to its investors (treated as its account holders under FATCA), that dividend is treated as Cayman-source under U.S. laws governing the sourcing of income for tax purposes, even if the fund holds U.S. debt instruments and stock in U.S. companies. Foreign passthru payment withholding, as it has been described to date, would apply to any dividend paid by the fund to a noncompliant individual or nonparticipating FFI investor, and such withholding would be calculated by multiplying the dividend amount by the fund s passthru payment percentage. Based on prior guidance, the fund s passthru payment percentage would be calculated based on the percentage of asset value derived from U.S. securities. The Treasury and IRS have indicated that they are considering ways to ease the compliance burdens associated with passthru payment withholding, and have requested comments on this issue. Moreover, the Model I IGA relieves FFIs from withholding on foreign passthru payments for the time being, instead expressing the commitment of the respective governments to develop a practical and effective alternative approach to achieve the policy objectives of foreign passthru payment and gross proceeds withholding that minimizes burden. Northern Trust is working with industry groups to provide input to the IRS and Treasury on how to make the passthru payment rules workable in practice. Clients should contact their own tax or legal advisors regarding how the passthru payment rules will apply to them once these rules are clarified. 1. The proposed regulations do not define nonfinancial services for the purposes of the exception. Northern Trust is working with industry groups to seek clarity around the types of services that would be considered financial services and thus potentially subject to FATCA withholding and, if possible, revise the final rules such that payments made in the ordinary course of business for all services are excluded from the definition of withholdable payment. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 8 of 47

9 7. How is FATCA withholding different from the Section 1441 or Nonresident Alien withholding that is currently deducted from U.S. dividends and certain interest paid to non-u.s. recipients? FATCA withholding applies to all withholdable payments, as described above, including certain types of FDAP income that are excluded from withholding under Section 1441 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code applicable to nonresident aliens (NRA withholding) (e.g., portfolio interest and interest paid by foreign branches of U.S. banks). FATCA withholding also applies to gross proceeds from the sale of U.S. securities, which are excluded from NRA withholding. In addition, FATCA withholding may not be reduced or eliminated by making a treaty claim on a Form W-8. Where an account holder is not FATCA-compliant, full 30% FATCA withholding will apply. When FATCA withholding is required, the withholding agent does not impose withholding under the existing NRA rules. Conversely, where an account holder is FATCA-compliant, FATCA withholding will not apply, and withholding under the existing NRA withholding rules will apply (subject to treaty rates). NORTHERN TRUST S ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 8. What is Northern Trust doing to prepare for FATCA? FATCA will have major effects on financial institutions worldwide. Northern Trust has organized a cross-disciplinary team to identify our legal responsibilities under FATCA and to explore how we can help our clients meet their own FATCA compliance objectives. This initiative includes: 1. Conducting current and future state assessments and identifying required enhancements Evaluating FATCA s impact on Northern Trust legal entities Evaluating FATCA s impact on Northern Trust business lines 2. Organizing work streams in the following areas: Banking Designing systems and operations to comply with Northern Trust s due diligence, withholding and reporting requirements Custody Designing systems and operations to comply with Northern Trust s due diligence, withholding and reporting requirements 3. Transfer Agency/Administration Designing systems and operations to assist investment managers who choose to delegate FATCA operations (due diligence, withholding and reporting) to Northern Trust as transfer agent or administrator 4. Legal, Fiduciary and Compliance Interpreting FATCA regulations and other guidance, as required Setting FATCA policy and governance to maintain consistency in global compliance Evaluating Northern Trust s legal and fiduciary obligations under FATCA Completing FFI agreement and registration requirements as required for Northern Trust legal entities. 5. Communications Creating internal FATCA communications across Northern Trust business units Creating external FATCA communications to clients northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 9 of 47

10 6. Participate in industry initiatives to find workable solutions Responding to the IRS s and Treasury s request for comments on the proposed guidance, individually and in conjunction with industry organizations Holding joint meetings with other global custodians, the IRS and Treasury regarding rules and regulations they are drafting to implement the law Participating with industry groups to frame workable solutions 9. Can you confirm Northern Trust will be fully FATCA compliant? FATCA regulations have not been finalized and the proposed regulations are subject to change following a public comment period. The IRS has also not yet established procedures to register participating and registered deemed-compliant FFIs. In addition, a draft of the Model II IGA has not been released, and it is unclear which countries other than the United Kingdom will sign a bilateral agreement with the United States. Under these circumstances, we do not believe any USWA or FFI can categorically affirm that it will be fully FATCA compliant by the deadlines currently in place. That said, we are dedicating substantial resources to FATCA preparation, and we are working with other industry participants to understand and define best practices. We fully intend to be compliant with FATCA when it is effective and are taking steps now to ensure our systems and operations are ready. 10. What are Northern Trust s responsibilities as a global custodian? In its capacity as a custodian, Northern Trust and its global affiliates will have an obligation to withhold 30% on all withholdable payments and foreign passthru payments paid to, or collected on behalf of, any legal entity domiciled outside the United States that is not FATCA-compliant. 2 We are reviewing the expected effects on existing systems and operations and planning changes as necessary. While the IRS and Treasury have released proposed regulations regarding how we will be required to determine whether a payee has met its obligations to be treated as FATCA-compliant, these rules are not expected to be finalized until later in Certain Northern Trust affiliates domiciled outside the United States also will be treated as FFIs, and will have an obligation to withhold on withholdable payments and foreign passthru payments paid to a client that is not FATCA-compliant. Northern Trust affiliates located in a country that has adopted an IGA will be required to comply with the rules set forth in such agreement. 2. FATCA withholding applies to payments to noncompliant FFIs, nonfinancial foreign entities (NFFEs) that do not report their owners and recalcitrant individual account holders. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 10 of 47

11 PREVENTING FATCA WITHHOLDING 11. What does an FFI need to do to be treated as FATCA-compliant and prevent FATCA withholding? FFIs will need to provide documentation to withholding agents certifying their FATCA compliance to prevent FATCA withholding. FFIs will have five pathways available to comply with FATCA and prevent FATCA withholding: 1. Enter into a full FFI agreement with the IRS to become a PFFI (see question 23); 2. Satisfy one of the sets of requirements to be treated as FATCA compliant without entering into a full FFI agreement (see deemed-compliant FFIs in question 13); 3. Fall into one of the categories of entities treated as excluded from the definition of financial institution (see excepted FFIs in question 15); 4. Fall into one of the categories of beneficial owners exempt from FATCA withholding (see exempt beneficial owners in question 16); or 5. Comply with requirements of an IGA in their country of residence. The documentation that an FFI will need to provide to a withholding agent to establish its FATCA compliant status will vary, depending on its classification. FFIs that invest in other FFIs, either directly or as a nominee or other intermediary, will also need to classify themselves and provide documentation to the FFIs that they are investing into to prevent FATCA withholding. See Appendix B for detailed documentation requirements. 12. What documentation will Northern Trust s clients need to provide to demonstrate that they are FATCA-compliant? Northern Trust s clients generally will be required to provide a valid withholding certificate (Form W-8 or W-9). In addition, clients that are PFFIs or registered deemed compliant FFIs will need to provide an FFI identification number. The withholding agent will be required to verify that the FFI identification number provided is on the list of FFI identification numbers maintained by the IRS. The IRS released preliminary drafts of a Form W-8BEN (for individuals) and a Form W-8BEN-E (for entities) on 6 June Preliminary drafts of the Form W-8IMY (for intermediaries and flow-through entities), and W-8EXP (for exempt beneficial owners) were released in August of A new version of Form W-9 (for U.S. persons) is being developed. Additional documentation requirements will depend on the client s FATCA classification. See Appendix B for additional information regarding documentation requirements. FFIs resident in IGA countries likely will be required to obtain an FFI identification number and either register with the IRS or their local jurisdiction; however, the documentation requirements for IGA FFIs will not be settled until final rules are issued. 13. What are the categories of deemed-compliant FFIs? The proposed regulations have expanded the categories of deemed-compliant FFIs, creating three categories: (1) registered deemed-compliant FFIs, (2) certified deemedcompliant FFIs, and (3) owner documented FFIs. Please note IGAs based on the Model I IGA will set forth categories of entities in that particular jurisdiction that will be treated as deemed-compliant. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 11 of 47

12 Registered Deemed-Compliant FFIs. The proposed regulations provide for certain categories of FFIs which, though exempt from the full FFI agreement requirements imposed on PFFIs, are nonetheless required to: register with the IRS and obtain FFI identification numbers; agree to publish a passthru payment percentage in accordance with the regulations; renew their certification every three years; and agree to notify the IRS if there is a change in circumstances that would make the FFI ineligible for deemed-compliant status. See Appendix C for further discussion of categories of deemed-compliant FFIs. Certified Deemed-Compliant FFIs. Certified deemed-compliant FFIs are required to certify to a withholding agent that they meet the requirements of a particular certified deemed-compliant status (and, in some cases, provide documentary evidence), but are not required to register with the IRS or obtain an FFI identification number. Owner-Documented FFIs. An owner-documented FFI is an FFI that has reached agreement with a withholding agent to report any direct or indirect owners of the FFI that are specified U.S. persons based on documentation regarding the underlying owners provided to the withholding agent. An FFI that seeks this status must get the consent and agreement of each withholding agent from which it receives payments. The FFI will be treated as a nonparticipating FFI, subject to FATCA withholding, by any withholding agent that does not agree to treat it as an owner-documented FFI. In addition, only certain types of FFIs are eligible for this status. Investment funds, including investment trusts, may be eligible, but banks, nominees, custodians, insurance companies and FFIs associated with them are not. To be eligible for this status, the FFI also must not maintain a financial account for any nonparticipating FFI or issue debt (unless regularly traded on an established securities market) over US$50,000. Certain trusts may be considered owner-documented FFIs. For further details regarding the categories of deemed-compliant FFIs, see Appendix C. 14. What is a specified U.S. person? A specified U.S. person includes any U.S. individual or entity other than: Corporations whose stock is regularly traded on an established securities market or an affiliate of such; Any tax-exempt organization or an individual retirement plan; The United States or any wholly owned agency or instrumentality; Any state, the District of Columbia, any possession of the United States or any political subdivision, wholly owned agency or instrumentality thereof; Any bank; Any real estate investment trust; Any regulated investment company; Any common trust fund; Certain charitable trusts; Dealers in securities, commodities, or derivatives registered as such under federal or state law; or A broker, including an obligor that regularly issues and retires its own debt obligations or a corporation that regularly redeems its own stock. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 12 of 47

13 15. What are the categories of excepted FFIs? Under the proposed regulations, certain entities are excluded from the definition of FFI (and are also considered exempted NFFEs). Therefore, they are exempt from FATCA withholding. These include: 1. Certain nonfinancial holding companies; 2. Certain start-up companies; 3. Certain nonfinancial entities that are liquidating or emerging from reorganization or bankruptcy; 4. Hedging/financial centers of a nonfinancial affiliated group; and 5. Foreign nonprofit organizations (such as charities or foundations) that satisfy all of the requirements of U.S. Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c) for treatment as exempt from U.S. federal income taxes, and that provide either a determination letter from the IRS or a written opinion from a U.S. law firm confirming such treatment. An investment fund may not qualify for (1) or (2) above. 16. What are the categories of exempt beneficial owners? Some FFIs will be exempt from FATCA withholding if they are considered exempt beneficial owners. Under the proposed regulations, exempt beneficial owners include foreign governmental entities; international organizations; foreign central banks of issue; governments of U.S. possessions; certain foreign retirement plans (discussed further in question 17); and certain entities wholly owned by one or more other exempt beneficial owners. Under the proposed regulations, a payment to a nonparticipating FFI that is a flow-through entity owned by exempt beneficial owners or that is acting as an intermediary for exempt beneficial owners, and that provides documentation for the underlying exempt beneficial owners to the FFI s withholding agent, will also be treated as a payment to an exempt beneficial owner. Bilateral agreements entered into with FATCA partner countries based on the Model I IGA will set forth categories of organizations in that particular jurisdiction that are considered exempt beneficial owners. APPLICATION TO CATEGORIES OF INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS 17. How does FATCA apply to retirement plans? The proposed regulations relax the FATCA obligations of foreign retirement plans that fall into one of the following three categories: Retirement funds that are exempt beneficial owners. Under the proposed regulations, retirement funds that fall into one of the following two categories are considered exempt beneficial owners, and exempt from FATCA withholding: The retirement fund is established in a country that is tax-treaty eligible, i.e., it has a tax treaty with the United States and is generally exempt from income tax; is operated principally to administer or provide pension or retirement benefits; and is entitled to benefits under the treaty with respect to U.S.-source income. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 13 of 47

14 The fund is formed for the provision of retirement or pension benefits; receives all contributions from government, employer or employee contributions limited by reference to earned income; does not have a single beneficiary with a right to more than 5% of its assets; and is exempt from tax under local law as a pension or retirement plan, or receives 50% or more of its contributions from the government and employer. Certified deemed-compliant retirement funds. An FFI that is organized for the provision of retirement or pension benefits under local law may be considered certified deemed-compliant if: All contributions to the fund are employer, government or employee contributions limited by reference to earned income; no single beneficiary has a right to more than 5% of the FFI s assets; and contributions to the FFI are deductible or excluded from the gross income of the beneficiary, the taxation of investment income attributable to the beneficiary is deferred under local law, or 50% or more of the total contributions to the fund are from the government and the employer; or It has fewer than 20 participants; its sponsor is neither an FFI fund nor a passive NFFE; contributions are limited by reference to earned income; participants that are nonresidents are not entitled to more than 20% of the FFI s assets; and no participant that is a nonresident is entitled to more than US$250,000 of the fund s assets. As noted in question 13, certified deemed-compliant FFIs are required to certify to a withholding agent that they meet the requirements of certified deemed-compliant status (and provide documentary evidence), but are not required to register with the IRS. Investment funds wholly owned by retirement funds. Under the proposed regulations, an FFI fund wholly owned by one or more other exempt beneficial owners would also be considered exempt. In this situation, the fund would need to undertake due diligence on every pension plan participating in the fund to determine the fund s FATCA status. If each investor is an exempt beneficial owner as set forth above, the fund should be able to certify that it is also exempt. The fund would then need to provide a withholding agent with a new IRS Form W-8 certifying such status, as well as an owner reporting statement containing the name, address, ownership percentage and FATCA classification status of each of its investors along with a new Form W-8 certifying the FATCA status for each investor. The W-8s for the underlying investors will need to include either a valid claim for treaty benefits under the pension plan article of a treaty or an organizational document supporting the claim that it is a retirement fund under the test set forth above. The IRS released preliminary drafts of a Form W-8BEN (for individuals) and a Form W-8BEN-E (for entities) on 6 June New versions of the Form W-8IMY (for intermediaries and flow-through entities), W-9 (for U.S. persons) and W-8EXP (for exempt beneficial owners) are being developed. FFIs exempt from FATCA will not be required to enter into FFI agreements or register with the IRS for an FFI identification number. Under the proposed regulations, it would be possible for a foreign retirement fund with U.S. participants to be treated as FATCA compliant if it falls into one of the above categories. A retirement fund that does not fall into one of the above categories would be required to enter into an FFI agreement and report its U.S. participants. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 14 of 47

15 The special classifications for retirement funds under the proposed regulations are relatively narrow, and continue to be the subject of much lobbying from industry groups. For example, industry groups are noting that many funds such as Australian superannuation funds may not qualify for the special treatment under any of the categories set forth above. However, the IGAs will specify the types of retirement funds in their particular jurisdictions that will be treated as exempt or deemed-compliant, as discussed in the next section. 18. How does FATCA apply to foreign governments and international organizations? FATCA withholding does not apply to any payment where the beneficial owner is a foreign government, political subdivision of a foreign government or a wholly owned agency or instrumentality of either. International organizations and their wholly owned agencies, as well as independent foreign central banks, are also considered exempt beneficial owners under the proposed regulations. It is possible that funds that are wholly owned by exempt beneficial owners (such as foreign governments) may be considered exempt beneficial owners under these rules. 19. How does FATCA apply to foreign corporations, partnerships or trusts that are not foreign financial institutions? FATCA imposes a 30% withholding tax on U.S.-source payments to foreign entities such as corporations, partnerships or trusts that are not FFIs (i.e., non-financial foreign entities or NFFEs) unless certain requirements are met. In order to avoid withholding, an NFFE must either: Provide a certification that it does not have any substantial U.S. owners; or Provide the name, address and TIN of each substantial U.S. owner. A substantial U.S. owner includes any specified U.S. person (defined in question 14) who holds more than 10% interest in the entity or any interest in a grantor trust. However, in the case of an investment fund, a specified U.S. person is a person with ANY interest in the entity. Please note that this threshold is changed in the Model I IGA, discussed in the next section. Entities excepted from these documentation requirements include: Corporations whose stock is regularly traded on an established securities market or an affiliate of such; Corporations organized in U.S. possessions and directly or indirectly wholly owned by bona fide residents of that possession; Exempt beneficial owners (defined in question 16), including entities wholly owned by exempt beneficial owners; and Active NFFEs. An NFFE is considered an active NFFE if less than 50% of its gross income is passive and less than 50% of its assets produce, or are held for the production of passive income. 3 Passive income is defined in the proposed regulations to include dividends, interest, rents and royalties (other than those derived from the active conduct of a trade or business), annuities, and similar types of income. 3. The proposed regulations state that an NFFE is active if less than 50% of its gross income is passive OR less than 50% of its assets produce or are held for the production of passive income. However, IRS has made statements indicating that the final regulations will correct an error in drafting so that the test requires both conditions be met for an NFFE to be treated as active. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 15 of 47

16 20. Does FATCA apply to foreign charitable organizations? Foreign entities that are described in Section 501(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code are excluded from the definition of an FFI and are considered excepted NFFEs. Therefore, they are exempt from FATCA withholding. In addition, foreign charities that are FFIs may become certified deemed-compliant FFIs if they meet the following requirements: 1. The FFI is established and maintained in its country of residence exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, artistic, cultural or educational purposes; 2. The FFI is exempt from income tax in its country of residence; 3. The FFI has no shareholders or members with a proprietary or beneficial interest in its income or assets; 4. The applicable local laws or the FFI s formation documents do not permit the income or assets to be distributed to, or applied for the benefit of, a private person or non charitable FFI (other than pursuant to the conduct of charitable activities as payment for services or for the fair market value purchase of property); and 5. Applicable local laws or formation documents require that all assets be distributed to another nonprofit organization or foreign government. Foreign charitable organizations that are not FFIs may be treated as active NFFEs exempt from FATCA withholding. See Appendix B for documentation charitable organizations are required to provide. 21. Will FATCA apply to insurance companies? Under the proposed regulations, certain cash value insurance contracts and annuity contracts are considered financial accounts and therefore subject to FATCA. FATCA is intended to apply to these types of contracts because the IRS and Treasury note that they present the risk of U.S. tax evasion. However, the proposed regulations exclude certain insurance products for example, insurance contracts that do not generate a cash value on surrender or termination; personal injury or sickness benefit contracts; and term life insurance where the amount payable on termination cannot exceed the premiums paid all are outside FATCA s scope. The proposed regulations also provide some relief to insurance company FFIs with respect to the due diligence procedures they are required to perform on their policy holders. Under the proposed rules, PFFIs are not required to document pre-existing individual accounts with a value of US$250,000 or less. In general, however, little guidance has been provided around the application of FATCA to insurance products, and thus questions remain about the practical implications of the new rules for insurance companies. 22. How will FATCA apply to U.S. branches of FFIs? Branches of FFIs located in the United States are treated like U.S. financial institutions for FATCA withholding purposes, and such branches that comply with backup withholding obligations will be treated as satisfying their FATCA withholding responsibilities for accounts owned by U.S. non-exempt recipients. A U.S. branch of an FFI also is permitted to satisfy its FATCA reporting obligations by reporting under rules applicable to U.S. payors. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 16 of 47

17 A PARTICIPATING FFI S RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER ITS FFI AGREEMENT 23. What are a PFFI s general requirements under its FFI agreement? To be treated as a PFFI, an FFI that is not in a partner country will need to enter into an FFI agreement with the IRS whereby it agrees to do the following: Undertake due diligence procedures to document, identify, verify and classify each of its account holders, including account holders that are individuals or entities that are themselves FFIs or NFFEs; Apply FATCA withholding on withholdable payments and foreign passthru payments to noncompliant FFIs and recalcitrant individuals; Report to the IRS all U.S. account holders that are specified U.S. persons and the U.S. ownership, if any, of account holders that are passive NFFEs, and report certain aggregate information regarding noncompliant FFIs; Obtain waivers where required by local law to comply with reporting requirements, and where such waivers are not obtained, close accounts; and Periodically certify to the IRS its compliance with obligations of the FFI agreement. Participating FFIs will also be required to register with the IRS and obtain a special U.S. tax identification number. The IRS is developing an online system for participating FFIs to complete their registrations. 24. How will a participating FFI be required to identify and classify its investors? The proposed regulations describe detailed due diligence procedures that a PFFI will be required to complete within specified time frames to classify each of its account holders for FATCA purposes. Despite provisions that are intended to reduce the due diligence burdens from those that had been described in prior Notices under FATCA, particularly with respect to pre-existing accounts (accounts maintained by the PFFI prior to the effective date of its PFFI agreement) and offshore accounts (accounts maintained and executed by the PFFI outside the United States), the process of sorting account holders and collecting appropriate certifications and other documentation where required is likely to be burdensome, time-consuming and expensive. In addition, the proposed regulations require FFIs to validate tax certifications collected from account holders by checking for any inconsistencies with other account information, and in some cases, through review of additional documentation. There are separate due diligence procedures applicable to institutional (entity) account holders and individual account holders, and for pre-existing and new accounts. New Accounts Individual. For new individual accounts, a PFFI must generally obtain government-issued identification. 4 In addition, a PFFI will be required to review all the information it collects (itself and through its agents) with respect to a new individual account, including information gathered for non-fatca purposes, such as AML/know-your-customer (KYC) rules, to determine whether such information contains any U.S. indicia, such as U.S. place of birth or a U.S. resident address or U.S. mailing address. Where U.S. indicia are found, additional documentation will be required 4. For this FAQ document, we have presumed that most PFFIs maintain and execute their account holder accounts outside the United States, and are therefore able to apply offshore account exceptions to general rules where available. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 17 of 47

18 to either: (1) support reporting of the account holders as U.S., or (2) verify that the account holder is not in fact a U.S. person. See Appendix A for more detailed information regarding U.S. indicia and related documentation requirements for individuals. Pre-Existing Accounts Individual. For pre-existing offshore accounts held by an individual, a PFFI will generally be required to conduct an electronic search of accounts above the stated threshold amount of US$50,000 to determine the individual s status and identify any U.S. indicia. If a PFFI does not locate any U.S. indicia for an individual account holder through its electronic search, it will not be required to review the customer s entire account file, unless the account is a high value account, and any information in such files would not be treated as giving the PFFI reason to know that an account holder is a U.S. individual. For example, a PFFI would not be required to treat an individual account holder as a U.S. individual, even if it had on file a copy of a passport showing a U.S. place of birth, provided the information was not captured electronically, the account was not a high value account requiring enhanced due diligence, and the PFFI did not review the paper file as part of its due diligence procedures. However, more extensive searches of account information files will be required for high value accounts (valued in excess of US$1 million). If any U.S. indicia are found, the PFFI will be required to obtain additional documentation (see Appendix D). PFFIs will be required to complete due diligence for high value pre-existing individual accounts within one year of the effective date of their PFFI agreement, and for other individual accounts within two years of such date. New Accounts Entity. For new entity accounts, a PFFI must generally obtain a FATCA-related certification (in most cases a new IRS Form W-8), and additional documentation determined by entity type. In addition, a PFFI must validate the certification and review the documentation to ensure there are no inconsistencies (such as U.S. address or telephone number) on the face of the documentation provided or in the PFFI s records with respect to the FATCA status claimed. When U.S. indicia or other inconsistencies are found, additional documentation may be required to validate the Form W-8. See Appendix D for more detailed information regarding U.S. indicia and related documentation requirements for entities. Pre-Existing Accounts Entity. For pre-existing accounts held by an entity, a PFFI will generally be required to conduct an electronic search of accounts above the stated threshold of US$250,000 to determine the entity s status and identify prima facie FFIs. 5 PFFIs will be required to complete due diligence reviews and obtain required documentation within one year of the effective date of their PFFI agreements for accounts identified as prima facie FFIs; and within two years of such date for all other entity accounts. For additional details regarding the documentation and due diligence requirements by entity type, see Appendix B. 5. In general, an entity will be treated as a prima facie FFI if the withholding agent has available as part of its electronically searchable information: (i) an indication that the account holder is a qualified intermediary (QI) or nonqualified intermediary (NQI) or (ii) for an account maintained in the United States, a standard industry code that indicates that the non-u.s. account holder is a financial institution. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 18 of 47

19 25. How does FATCA withholding apply to payments to an FFI? Payments to an NPFFI will be subject to FATCA withholding regardless of whether or not it is an intermediary 6 or flow-through entity. Payments to a deemed-compliant FFI or to a PFFI that is not an intermediary or a flow-through entity will not be subject to FATCA withholding. Payments to a PFFI that is a flow-through entity or intermediary may be subject to FATCA withholding if it has underlying noncompliant account holders (to the extent of the payments allocable to such noncompliant account holders). Under the proposed regulations, withholding agents paying U.S.-source FDAP income to a PFFI that is an intermediary or a flow-through entity may not treat the entity as the payee and are required to look through the PFFI to its underlying partners/owners (unless the PFFI is a withholding qualified intermediary, a withholding partnership or withholding trust ). As such, a PFFI that is treated as an intermediary or a flow-through entity will be required to provide a withholding statement (allocating the portion of U.S.-source FDAP payments attributable to recalcitrant account holders and NPFFIs and to each class of payees that is not subject to FATCA withholding) to any withholding agent that pays U.S.-source FDAP income. That withholding agent will apply withholding at the time payments are made to the entity in accordance with the allocation information provided. Income allocated to recalcitrant account holders and NPFFIs will be subject to 30% FATCA withholding. Income allocated to FATCA compliant account holders will not be subject to FATCA withholding, but may be subject to withholding under the existing NRA rules (subject to treaty rates) in accordance with the tax documentation passed up to the withholding agent for such accounts. If a PFFI that is an intermediary or flow-through entity fails to provide allocation information, 100% of the U.S.-source FDAP income it receives will be subject to FATCA withholding. The proposed regulations require a withholding agent to treat an intermediary or a flow-through entity as the payee when paying anything other than U.S.-source FDAP income. As a result, a PFFI will not be subject to FATCA withholding on gross proceeds or passthru payments that it receives, even if it has underlying recalcitrant account holders. However, PFFIs do have withholding obligations with respect to passthru payments they make to their account holders, as discussed in question 6. Passthru payments include U.S.-source FDAP and gross proceeds, as well as foreign passthru payments. 26. How will FATCA withholding apply to payments a PFFI makes to its underlying account holders? PFFIs will be required to withhold on passthru payments to account holders that are noncompliant individuals or nonparticipating FFIs. As discussed at question 6, passthru payments include withholdable payments and foreign passthru payments. 6. For FATCA, an intermediary is defined as, with respect to a payment that it receives, a person that, for that payment, acts as a custodian, broker, nominee, or otherwise as an agent for another person, regardless of whether such other person is the beneficial owner of the amount paid, a flow-through entity, or another intermediary. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 19 of 47

20 27. What information will a participating FFI be required to report with respect to its account holders? Under the terms of the FFI agreement, a participating FFI must report, annually, the following information regarding its U.S. account holders: The identity of each U.S. account holder, including the name, address and tax identification number (TIN) of each account holder that is a specified U.S. person; or, in the case of an account holder that is a U.S.-owned entity, the name, address and TIN of each substantial U.S. owner 7 ; The account number; The account balance or value 8 ; and The gross amounts paid or credited to the account holder during the year, including the aggregate amount of redemption payments. PFFIs will also be required to report the above information with respect to the U.S. owners of accounts held by U.S.-owned NFFEs. The proposed regulations provide for a phase-in of these reporting obligations. The PFFI may elect, for calendar years 2013 and 2014, to report only the name and identifying information of each account holder (and, in the case of an NFFE, its substantial U.S. owners), the account balance or value, and the account number. For 2015, the PFFI would also be required to report the gross amounts paid or credited to the account holder during the year. Under the proposed regulations, PFFIs will also be required to report the aggregate number and aggregate value of accounts held by recalcitrant account holders at the end of the calendar year, specifying the numbers of such accounts that have U.S. indicia. Finally, the proposed regulations contemplate full-blown Form 1042-S reporting for payments of U.S.-source FDAP, as well as proceeds where FATCA withholding was required. 28. How will an FFI certify to the IRS it is complying with its FFI agreement? The proposed regulations provide that PFFIs will not be required to submit to periodic third-party audits. The IRS intends to rely on detailed periodic certifications, and the proposed regulations provide that a responsible officer of every PFFI will be required to certify to the IRS the completion of customer due diligence procedures by established deadlines and the ongoing compliance with all requirements of its FFI agreements. The responsible officer would generally be required to certify, as of the effective date of its FFI agreement, that the FFI had written policies and procedures in place and that based on the results of periodic internal reviews, the PFFI is in compliance with those policies and procedures. The proposed regulations also would require the responsible officer to certify that between 6 August 2011 and the date of certification (within one year of the effective date of the FFI agreement), the FFI did not engage in any activities or have any formal or informal procedures in place assisting account holders in avoiding the account identification requirements. 7. Substantial U.S. owners are specified U.S. persons (defined in question 14) directly or indirectly owning: >10% of a corporation by vote or value; >10% of a partnership by profits or capital interest; or >10% of the beneficial interests of a trust. These percentages drop to zero for entities that serve as an investment vehicle. 8. The account balance or value may be reported in U.S. dollars or in the currency in which the account is denominated. northerntrust.com FATCA FAQs for Institutional Investors 20 of 47

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